—Pedro de Cieza de León, chronicler of Peru, 1553
Inka trapezoidal doorway, Pisac, Peru, 2014. Photo by Doug McMains, NMAI.
Select highlighted words to hear them spoken in Quechua.
The Inka spoke the Quechua language, which is still spoken today in the Andes.
For ancient Andean peoples, the creator of the universe was Tiqzi Wiracocha. He created Inti (the sun), Mamaquilla (the moon), stars, plants, animals, and people. He laid out the main roads of the Qhapaq Ñan.